Cumhurriyet Bayram Dinners 2006
2006 Bayram Luncheon New York
The Bayram luncheon was held at the Ali
Baba Restaurant at 212 East 34th Street in Manhattan. The
luncheon was scheduled from 1 PM to 3 PM but we went until about 4 PM as the
following people attended and caught up:
who was stationed with the Air Force near Trabzon in the 1960s and speaks
Russian and Turkish. His wife teaches at the Dwight School in New York.
Tom has been back to Turkey, has many friends in the area, and attended his
first Bayram luncheon with his wife.
Dan Callahan T-10
(1968-70) was in Tourism in Samsun and was there with his daughter, Deirdre,
who was in the Peace Corps in Micronesia (1997-1999). Dan has just started
work at the Jewish Guild for the Blind in New York, having worked for New
York State for a number of years.
T-4 (1964-1966) was there with his wife Nihal and a friend.
They live in Manhattan. Mike taught at Middle East Technical University the
first year, then at Hacettepe in Ankara, and now teaches in the
City University system. He met his wife, Nihal, while in Turkey, courted her
at first in Turkish, and they married in 1974 after Nihal had earned a
Masters at Hacettepe University which had converted into a Medical School.
Jim Hogan T-2
(1963-65) taught in Ceyhan his first year and then taught at Hacettepe in
Ankara, and has been in Turkey and elsewhere numerous times. He is married
to Liz, who also attended Ali Baba.
David Hopkins T-10
(1968-70), having finished up at IBM, came from Connecticut
with his wife, Janet.
Leo Hogan T-10
(1968-70) spent three years in community development and teaching near
Adapazari and now lives in the Bronx and teaches adults in the Public
Hank Levy T-8
(1965-67) taught in Ulaf near Sivas and lives in Long Island. His wife
Elaine was also there and is in real estate while Henry is the publisher of
the Jewish Post, a newspaper that is based in Manhattan.
Bob McCord T-8
(1965-67) taught in a high school in Adapazari and now works with his wife,
Kathy, who founded Vere, a sustainable , artesenal chocolate company
(veregoods.com). Both they and the chocolate are based in Manhattan.
T-8 (1965-67), who recently moved to the Bronx, work for Wells Fargo
from his home office there.
T-10 (1968-70) in a Community Development program in a village near
Antalya in year one and then in Antalya, who lives in Brooklyn and was head
of adult education in New York City, was at the luncheon with his son, Harry
Popick who goes to Brooklyn Polytech.
Susan Keene Smith
T-8 (1965-67), who taught English in Thrace, came in from New Jersey
for the luncheon.
Kay Zakariasen T-8
(1965-67) and her husband, who teaches at Farleigh Dickinson , came in from
Nyack, NY to partake in the luncheon. Kay was a teacher in the Eglli-Konya
area of Turkey.
There was a total of 22 eager eaters and
talkers there. The total was around $38 and drinks of alcohol were extra.
Choice of Main Course: Adana Kebab, Chicken Kebab, Chicken Adana, Doner
Kebab, Kofte Kebab
Vegetarian Courses: Okra, Mixed Vegetables, Falafel
Coffee, Tea and Desert
A good time was had by all and some good
suggestions were made for next year. The biggest suggestion was enabling
people to move around more. We were in the back, in a separate room. The
food seemed fine as did the place, price and time,
Dan Callahan suggested Ali Baba and the
service and organization of the meal were good.